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DENG Yaping
DENG Yaping

Yaping DENG

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Yaping Deng overcame her small stature to dominate female table tennis.

After retiring, she was voted Chinese Athlete of the Century.

Too short

The biggest obstacle in Deng Yaping's table tennis career was not her opponents, but her height. When she was 13 years old she won the national championship but was refused a spot on the national team due to her small size. They finally saw sense and let her in a year later.

Double gold

At the 1992 Barcelona Games, Deng and her partner Qiao Hong won the doubles title. They later faced each other in the singles final. Deng won the first two sets easily but Hong fought back and won the third and led in the fourth. However, Deng regained control and won 23-21 to earn her second gold medal.

Unprecedented success

Deng went on to dominate the sport and successfully defended her Olympic titles in 1996. She also won the singles World Championship title in 1991, 1995 and 1997 and the doubles World Championship title in 1989, 1995 and 1997. Hong Qiao was her partner in all of those finals, except at the 1997 World Championships, when she was partnered by Ying Yang.

Retiring at the top

Deng retired at the age of 24 having won more titles than any other player in the history of table tennis. She continued to play a role in the Olympic Movement and in 1997 was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission. In 2003, she was voted Chinese Athlete of the Century.

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Gallery

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Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame

OLYMPIA, GREECE - MARCH 24: Deng Yaping (left) and Luo Xuejuan (right) the Chinese torchbearers during the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame at Ancient Olympia on March 24, 2008 in Olympia,Greece.
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Demonstration of table tennis. Juan Antonio SAMARANCH and Deng YAPING.
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Oly Table Tennis

31 Jul 1996: Yaping Deng of China with the gold medal for the womens table tennis singles at the Georgia World Congress Centre at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
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Atlanta 1996-Table tennis-Jing CHEN (TPE) 2nd, Yaping DENG (CHN) 1st, Hong QIAO (CHN) 3rd.
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Atlanta 1996-TABLE TENNIS-Yaping DENG (CHN) 1st.
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Atlanta 1996-Match Wei LIU n°213 / Yunping QIAO n°212 (CHN) 2nd againt Hong QIAO / Yaping DENG (CHN) 1st.
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G Won/Lost 7 - 0
    Table Tennis
    singles women
    G Won/Lost 6 - 0
    Table Tennis
    doubles women
  • G
    Table Tennis
    singles women
    G
    Table Tennis
    doubles women

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